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Thinner This Year: A Younger Next Year Book Hardcover – December 11, 2012
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“A great combo of diet and exercise, with an easy to understand format. Clear, concise, well-balanced nutritious diet plan. Realistic exercise. The combo of the authors―nutrition scientist and witty writer―makes this an easy to read volume with loads of timely, science based information. Helps each reader create their own story for weight loss.
--Madelyn Fernstrom, TODAY diet and nutrition editor, NBCNews.com
“Chock-full of easy recipes, meal plans, and exercise diagrams."
--Wall Street Journal
“Sensible guidance about food and fitness served with a side of humor.”
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and Policy at Tufts University. Dr. Sacheck lives in Concord, Massachusetts.
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It is NOT NOT NOT a diet or exercise "fad" book. I have two degrees from MIT, have significant understanding of science and personal experience with at least one of the discussed health issues. And I'm an old, experienced skeptic. If this book was a fad, or magic bullet, or "this one thing (wheat, gluten, carbs, whatever) is your problem" book, then I wouldn't have gotten past Chapter One, and I certainly wouldn't be giving it five stars.
Jen Sacheck's chapters are PERFECT: no-nonsense, kick-your-butt reality. She rightly includes a lot of scary realities about what excess sugar and fat do to your body, especially long-term: in terms of heart disease, cardio-vascular problems in general (incl. pulmonary embolisms, stroke...), diabetes, increased cancer risks... At the same time, she does NOT devolve into nonsense, and is not shy about criticizing sacred-cow fads, like the tendency to take the need for SOME people with celiac disease to avoid gluten, to then wrongly demonizing gluten altogether, for everyone. Instead, she lists foods to generally avoid (and explains why), and foods that she generally encourages (and why). And she explains that individuals will probably need to personalize (for instance, I get migraines, and need to avoid foods that are personal triggers). And she explains the need to vary and balance. There is no religion. It's reality, TOUGH reality when needed (and boy do most Americans need tough reality), and sensibility without extremes.
Chris' chapters are definitely entertaining and a good break from Jen's depth, and his chapters provide good context as to why you should be doing all this. And not just the nutrition. His chapters provide good examples of how exercise integrated into life not only provides health benefits, but also enriches it. ...as do his descriptions of his meals, parties, etc. with his wife and friends. And the exercise chapters are also great, because they make the book holistic.
And that's important, because: that's the point. Diet and exercise. Now and forever.
And the point is to make you wake up (if not scare the hell out of you) - which you should be grateful for, if you need to be "scared straight"; I know, because almost dying of a pulmonary embolism?? Improving my diet and exercising more are HEAVEN in comparison to that.
For example, the author doesn't believe in supplemental vitamins and minerals. Supplements are "a scam." Not unlike selling three books full of the same material, under different titles. When I was in high school I had a good diet (my grandmother cooked), yet I started fainting dead away at school. I was anemic. And all the spinach, etc. didn't help. I was put on iron supplements and I was fine. Was that a scam? Just recently, my husband and I (both Southern California beach natives) found out we had bottomed off the charts for Vitamin D. Our diets are fine. We went on high doses of Vitamin D supplements and are back in healthy range. My cousin is with Doctors Without Borders and they use supplements like crazy. Third world children with scurvy are given Vitamin C tabs and are cured. So where does Chris Crowley get off saying we should only get our vitamins and minerals from food? (It's also stated, as fact, that vitamins and minerals are absorbed more easily through food, although the author admits no one knows how or why. So how is that a fact?)
The nutritional information isn't any different from what I used to read in Adelle Davis's books in the sixties. You can skip that part of the book if you, like me, have gotten suckered into buying it.
And the zealousness of the author is just unrealistic. How many of us can spend all of our time at spin class, go to the farmer's market for fresh produce every day, prepare our own food fresh at each meal, and so forth? And how many of us can afford spin classes eighteen times a day, a heart monitor, and all the other activities and devices we're told we "have to" have? Seriously. Some of us, even those over sixty-five, work and have families. We don't have "people" to take care of everything. Zealots and other fanatics scare me, and well they should.
I wish I'd just stumbled over Younger Next Year and never known the other two books existed, because it's rehashed information and, in the case of Thinner This Year, very poorly laid out and unpleasant to read.
Bottom line: If you want to lose weight, cut out the junk food, eat less in general, and exercise until you pass out. That's the gist of all three books.
Her writing style is straight-forward and truthful - exercise 45 minutes a day and make sure half your plate is comprised of vegetables.
I have read too many books on losing weight. For whatever reason this one made me mad enough to not accept the status quo. It's a good book, no gimmicks and information based on her own studies. I recommend.